Hearing something strange through a baby monitor can be an experience that ranges from mystifying to terrifying. Sometimes, these strange things are a result of a baby's natural tendency to babble and make noise. But other times, they're the result of something far more sinister: a hacked baby monitor.
To have a stranger spying on your child is almost indescribably creepy, yet baby monitors are fairly easy to hijack. Scary baby monitor stories often involve a person watching, controlling the camera, or even talking back through it.
Here are some stories of parents who heard strange things on their baby monitor, either funny or horrifying.
From Redditor /u/redheadedbug:
One night I'm sitting in bed, scrolling through reddit or something and I start hearing my daughter babbling to herself on her baby monitor. Now, it's really late, like one or two in the morning. So I turn the picture on the monitor on and see her standing up in her crib facing sort of diagonally away from the camera. I can see her hands in front of her but only like half of her face.
I can see her signing things like "nice" and "silly" and "fun" and oddly enough,"no", "don't like" and "bear". Of course being the good and loving mother I am (and really not wanting to deal with an overly sleepy baby in the morning) I get up to see what the heck she is doing.
When I get to her room she is still standing up and signing/babbling towards the far corner of her room. I ask her what she is doing and who she is talking to and she signs/says(as best as she can) "friend" which she does with her whole hands and not just her index fingers and signs "bear" again. I tell her that no, see Bear (who is actually one of her stuffed toys) is in bed behind her not in the corner of the room but she just giggles at me and signs/says "silly" and "mommy."
I finally get fed up and ask her who Friend Bear is and her response literally gave me chills because she doesn't speak well yet but she managed to say, very clearly and with the most serious face a 20 month old can pull off, "No name, no name, shhhhh."
Well now I am well and truly freaked out so I tell her to ask "No Name Friend Bear" to go home because it is too late to play and I did what any good loving mother would do. I gave her a pacifier, went back to my room, turned off the monitor entirely and hid under the overs in my room where my good and loving husband would protect me from nameless invisible bears.
A Houston couple heard an unfamiliar voice talking to their sleeping 2-year-old daughter and realized their camera-enabled monitor had been hacked. When the father ran into the room, the monitor was yelling obscenities, and telling the daughter to "wake up, you little sl*t!"
The daughter was deaf, but the hacker started yelling obscenities at the parents. The father quickly unplugged the monitor, which ended the hacking, but also wiped the IP address of the hacker.
A hacker used a Houston family's security camera to talk to Ashley Stanley, the nanny of a one-year-old girl named Samantha. She heard a voice from the camera say, "Oh, that's a beautiful baby.”
Stanley thought it was a joke the parents were playing on her, but when the man commented, "That’s a really poopy diaper," she unplugged the camera and called Samantha’s parents. It wasn't them, but a hacker who was never caught.